Kanye West – Diamonds

I’m not even gonna throw up the mp3 on this because it’ll be all over the net soon anyway, but this is much better than I expected from Kanye, much better than anything on the Common LP (which lets face it is pleasant and fun but it’s going to get a lot lot more attention than it deserves), it’s total letterbox panoramic production with that buzzing bass that Green Lantern likes to use, the sound of dramatic pop-chart conquest, widescreen, ecstatic, celebratory triumphalism, from “Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic/ Vegas on acid, seen through Yves-St. Laurent glasses…” to the prog-harpsichord instrumental at the end, thunderous boom and the silence, a theatrical trailer to the most anticipated. Expectations notched up to eleven.

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